Alexander H. Slocum

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We discuss the rapid growth of films and lithographically templated microstructures of vertically aligned small-diameter multiwalled carbon nanotubes (VA-MWNTs), by atmospheric-pressure thermal chemical vapor deposition (CVD) of C2H4/H2/Ar on a Fe/Al2O3 catalyst film deposited by electron beam evaporation. The structures grow to 1 mm height in 15 min and(More)
This paper reports the design, fabrication and testing of a thermally-actuated bistable MEMS relay. Mechanical bis tability ensures zero actuation power in both the on and off states, and permits actuation with a transient thermal actuator. In the off state, this relay stands off more than 200 V. In the on state, it exhibits a minimum total resistance of 60(More)
The interaction, or wetting, of long aligned carbon nanotube (CNT) forests with off-the-shelf (no solvent added) commercial thermoset polymers is investigated experimentally. A technique for creating vertically aligned CNT composite microstructures of various shapes is presented. The effective wetting of the forests, as evidenced by a lack of voids, by(More)
Insertion of trocars, needles, and catheters into unintended tissues or tissue compartments results in hundreds of thousands of complications annually. Current methods for blood vessel cannulation or epidural, chest tube, and initial trocar placement often involve the blind pass of a needle through several layers of tissue and generally rely on(More)
—This paper presents a monolithic mechanically -bistable mechanism that does not rely on residual stress for its bistability. The typical implementation of this mechanism is two curved centrally-clamped parallel beams, hereafter referred to as " double curved beams ". Modal analysis and finite element analysis (FEA) simulation of the curved beam are used to(More)
This paper describes Robopsy, an economical, patient-mounted, telerobotic, needle guidance and insertion system, that enables faster, more accurate targeting during CT-guided biopsies and other percutaneous interventions. The current state of the art imaging technology facilitates precise location of sites within the body; however, there is no mechanical(More)
This thesis presents a family of XY flexure mechanisms with large ranges of motion, first-order decoupled degrees of freedom, and small parasitic error motions. Synthesis is based on an systematic and symmetric layout of constraints that are realized by means of common flexure building blocks. An analytical formulation incorporating geometric(More)
Sub-micron alignment for wafer bonding applications has become a major limitation in the development of multi-wafer MEMS devices and 3D interconnects [1,2]. Most wafer alignment is done by mechanically positioning one wafer with respect to another using optical measurement techniques, but the large structural loop makes alignment better than one micron(More)